Sunday, November 9, 2014

weekend edition: asheville, nc

a few weekends ago, our friends seth and katelyn drove down from raleigh, nc and met us for a weekend in asheville. we ended up having a lot of firsts on this trip, and i loved getting to mix some new things in with our favorite spots. we stayed in our first-ever air bnb, a cute little apartment that was just a short walk from downtown. i loved having room to spread out — being able to hang out in the living room instead of being crammed in a hotel room with your bed and luggage — and it was nice being able to make coffee and breakfast in the morning, too.

we started off saturday with lunch at white duck taco shop. i had heard great things about this place, and luckily we got there right before the lined started getting crazy. i figured i could get traditional tacos anywhere, so i went for some of the fusion options — bangkok shrimp and korean beef. both were packed full of flavor, and i was really glad i tried something new and different, no regrets here. we also got the chips and queso (yum!) and the side of cow boy beans, which no one had room left to eat.

we usually always try to hit highland brewing when we're in asheville, but they were closed for a private event that weekend. that forced us out of our comfort zone, but luckily we discovered some great new spots. first up was hi-wire brewing, which was pretty close to downtown asheville. i absolutely loved the vibe in here — it looks like it's housed in an old garage. they had the doors rolled up which let a warm breeze and sunlight come through. katelyn and i went for the lager, and the boys tried the red ale...but i think the lager was the winner, though.

right down the street was ben's tune-up, a sake bar. we decided to pop in on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. justin got a traditional sake and i got the special, an apple cider. they had a huge outdoor seating area, and the booths were made from old car seats. they also had some great live music going, and the menu looked worth trying, but we were still full from lunch, so we'll have to go back. 

after that, we made our way over to burial beer co. this is my new favorite spot in asheville...think of it as a faulkner-inspired bar. there's rusty old saws on the walls and farming tools for the beer taps. and there was even a poet pecking away at his typewriter, which added some unique white noise. plus, the bar tenders were super friendly and the beer was excellent. A+ all around.

at that point, it was getting later in the afternoon, so i didn't get quite as many pictures once the sun went down. we finally made it to greenman brewery (we love jack of the wood bar in downtown asheville) and popped into french broad chocolates for some samples. then, we thought we were going to the wicked weed, but we actually ended up at the funkatorium, which is their sour tasting room. the sour beers weren't really our thing, but the food was top notch. we had an amazing cheese plate and bleu cheese coleslaw. we'll have to hit the actual wicked weed next time. for dinner, we went by jack of the wood for fried chicken sandwiches, then made our way over to the orange peel to see jimmy eat world on their ten-year anniversary tour for futures. we used uber x to get home, another first, and it was so cheap! only $6 + tip. our driver was really nice and the car very clean. definitely a great option for getting around after sampling beer all day. for sunday breakfast, we went to a cute little cafe right by our air bnb called city bakery for some biscuit sandwiches. i feel like with the fall weather, the beer and the concert, we really got to show seth and katelyn the best of what asheville has to offer. do you have a favorite asheville spot? i'd love to hear!

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